building trust international holds educational design + build workshop in cambodia building trust international holds educational design + build workshop in cambodia
may 19, 2017

building trust international holds educational design + build workshop in cambodia


after successfully constructing green and sustainable projects in south east asia, building trust international have organized a design + build workshop on the outskirts of phnom penh, in collaboration with local charity group aide et action cambodia. through the workshop, the firm is able to create a school classroom and a library constructed with locally sourced bamboo, where the school community can use the space to conduct recreational activities.

the bamboo spiral in construction
photo © ana basch



the aim of building trust international’s workshop is to educate the community on how bamboo can be used as a structural element. the classroom columns are made of thick chinese bamboo and the roofing structure is a result of weaving rice straws into tiles, which are then individually attached to the main bamboo structure. seeing as the tiles are sourced locally, the community can harvest the bamboo and carry out repairs themselves.

the second woven bamboo spiral being lifted into position
photo © giovanna rapisarda


the view of the interior of the roof
photo © FMH Imagery


the roof is made of woven rice straw tiles
photo © FMH Imagery


the local community participated in the workshop
photo © ana basch



a cambodian fishing basket made of bamboo
photo © giovanna rapisarda


the design model being discussed during the workshop
photo © felicia lin yanle


design + build participants
photo © ana basch

sectional view of the structure

roof elevation a

roof elevation b



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